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What’s makecab.exe (Microsoft® Cabinet Maker)? Is it safe or a virus?

Makecab.exe, also known as Microsoft Cabinet Maker, is a command line tool used in Microsoft Windows to compress and package files into a single compressed cabinet (.cab) file.

This process is useful for software installation and distribution, as well as for backup and storage purposes. The tool allows users to specify various options such as compression level, file exclusion, and cabinet naming. Makecab.exe can be used to create self-extracting executable files or to extract the contents of a cabinet file.

(Researched by Carl @ SpyShelter Labs)

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Who makes makecab.exe (Microsoft® Cabinet Maker)?

We’ve found Microsoft Windows should be the publisher of makecab.exe.

How do we know? Our SpyShelter cybersecurity labs focuses on monitoring different types of Windows PC executables and their behaviors for our popular SpyShelter Antispyware software. Learn more about us, and how our cybersecurity team studies Windows PC executables/processes.

What does it mean if someone is the publisher of a PC .exe (executable or process)?

The publisher of an executable is the entity responsible for its distribution and authenticity. Most processes/executables on your PC should be signed. The signature on the executable should have been verified through a third party whose job it is to make sure the entity is who it says it is. Find an unsigned executable? You should consider scanning any completely unsigned .exe on your PC.

Is makecab.exe safe or a virus?

Below are 4 simple steps you can take to see if the makecab.exe process is safe or malware.

  1. Scan the executable with Microsoft's built-in tech
  2. Find makecab.exe's publisher
  3. Search the executable's hash with VirusTotal
  4. Monitor the executable's behavior
Last updated: February 11, 2024

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